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Bolt beats Gatlin for 4th straight 200m world title


Usain Bolt once again defeated rival Justin Gatlin on Thursday to win his fourth consecutive 200-metre world title and complete another sprint double at the world track and field championships in Beijing.

Bolt won the 100m crown for the third time on Sunday, edging Gatlin at the line by 0.01 of a second.

The American came into the 200 final with three of the year’s four best times, but Bolt bettered them all, running 19.55 seconds. That’s the Jamaican’s best time since 2012, even though he slowed down and showboated once victory was assured.

Looking left and failing to see any red from Gatlin’s jersey, the greatest sprinter of all time lifted both arms and punched his thumbs into his chest as he crossed the finish line.

Gatlin clocked 19.74 to take another silver, and South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana got the bronze in 19.87 in a blistering race.

Once Bolt sat down to savor his victory on a trackside chair, Gatlin came over to congratulate him and the rivals shook hands and chatted.

Seven years ago, Bolt started his amazing run of gold at the Beijing Olympics and has not lost a major 200 race since. The Jamaican, however, had been struggling with injury since winning his third straight 200 title at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

CBC | Sports News